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join us next time. as the u.s. spy machine is caught snooping against a long time ally again. and disturbing new questions aability what the nas is doing in this country. >> if they are doing it to us, how do you know they are not doing it to you. >> also tonight, justice undone, nor 14 years he sat on louisiana's death row, no one believed he was innocent, until they found out the prosecutors hid evidence, that could set him free. >> one thing i do know i didn't commit the murder.
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my whole family was destroyed. sara highway in our continuing look at crime and punishment, and why prosecutor disease a free pass, even when it is clear they done wrong. and after the super storm. and why it raises new questions about securing the still dangerous nuclear plant, can an ice wall freeze out the threat and japan prevent another disaster. >> we begin tonight by looking at spies and what intelligence knows and wants to know about our allies even about our citizens. a brand new scandal is straining the ties with the close and important ally germany, first time trouble there, the arrests of a german defense worker suspected
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of spying the ever the u.s., and then, an investigation into another german suspected of selling secrets to the u.s. germany told the top spy at the u.s. embassy in berlin, to leave the country, the u.s.s. declines to comment, but said the two security ties were very important. secretary of state is set to speak with the german foreign minister and on the state department says cooperation between the two is essential. >> that was pretty embarrassing, warranting a personal apology from president obama. and sparking concerns throughout europe especially germany about how much spying the u.s. really was doing on it's allies. >> secret u.s. documents released by whistle
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blower edward snowden and analyzed show the germany was not only a major target of u.s. surveillance, it was being intensively snapped on. on a par with targets like china, iraq, and saudi arabia. show the agency store from around 1 billion each month. most likely using the spy facility, scooping up information on telephone calls text messages and more. when last week came allegations of old fashioned human spying. the german agent, the external service caught selling hundreds of documents to american spies many of them about the nsa investigation.
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s in a very serious incident. espeonnage for foreign intelligence service is not something we are treating lightly. that was last week, what has really set germany reeling is the revelation of a second spy. a german military also spying for the united states. deepening u.s. embarrassment. >> all nations to this, but if you -- you want to be good at it, to do it and be caught is the worst of all possible worlds. >> on germany's phoenix t.v. finance minister a former interior minister and close merkel ally acknowledged the transatlantic cooperation had foiled terror attacks but added. >> that doesn't mean they are allowed to have third rate people spying on us.
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that's very stupid. >> merkel had already said that the u.s. needed to rebuild trust with germany. knew she may be seeking assurances that snooping will stop. >> in my view spying on al highs is a waste of energy, with ehave so many problems and i think we should concentrate on essentials. >> officials have had very little to say in berlin, german officials have made clear, the u.s. is not yet done enough, to clear up these allegations. america tonight here with us, so now what would chancellor merkel ask for, demand at this point of the united states. >> two united states, canada, the u.k., and new zealand. >> kind of a gentlemen's agreement, spying on each other, but we will share everything we have. now do we think there's
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really no american spying taking place? probably not. but angel merkel would like to join that club, she would like germany to be a part of that. >> and maybe this is the opening to that. we have always said and noted many times that there is spying even among friends. is there a point at which countries joy look that even if they have an ally they know is looking in on them? >> the n.s.a.'s collection is vast. far exceeding that of any other country. billions of bits of data every year. now germany cannot do the kind of data collection that apparently nsa is doing. one could wonder whether or not the nsa, in fact, isn't doing a job for the germans. and sometime this does map country to country? >> yes. >> you cannot say specifically here.
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>> yes. >> but there is that possibility. >> so we also see there are reasons to be concerned what our spy agencies to in this country. >> the nsa is not supposed to be taking tabs but we know that's not true. we have known that since the revelations of edward snowden. and of course there's been more news about that. >> indeed. this is parts of then't cooing fall out from the leaks and as a spying on germany story came to light, a parallel, and disturbing story for americas about spying at home. once again, reveal add previously unknown tidbit on the controversial surveillance program, in this case, five american men with no apparent history or limpings to terror groups learned they had been targeted. two of them, and an attorney who does civil rights work, and a second
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lawyer has held top security clearances in the united states, told me they were flabbergasted to find they had been singled out. what did you think when you first got this? >> i was just surprised. i was shocked -- yeah, i was angry, but more so just surprised. i couldn't believe i would be on such a list, what could i have done to raise suspicious, and i just had no idea. i was literally when glen told me i was in a hotel in new york, meeting him, and when he told me about i was just surprised. >> could you make a connection here, somebody you had worked nor. >> i'm a civil rights lawyer, i have over the last ten years of 100 clients so no one came to mind. you had security clearance. >> personally, no. i work in the political environment, there had been attacks against my
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boss, about having me on his staff, representing muslim americans and working overseas individuals so it wasn't not complete surprise for that reason, but being a civil rights lawyer, having communications with your client is paramount. it is the only wayky represent them. and for the government to be listening in makes no sense. what kinds of information, do you think, the government got? absolutely nothing. the information they got from me -- the years they had me tapped that we know of, i was running for office, so basically i was talking with constituents. talking about local politicals and just email between friends and are you going out to dinner tonight, where are you going to be, things like that. just absolutely day-to-day live. now i did have a security clearance, a top secret. >> of the u.s. government. >> clear bid the u.s. government. >> chiefed by the
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department of homeland security, the white house, i worked in the white house. cleared -- i worked in fbi has given to the cia, i had the highest level security clearances and you never security clearance never taken away, never revoked. >> never questions. >> never questions. >> but for some reason. >> some reason after i left the government two years after i left the government, they founds a reason to put me under surveillance. industry no idea why. >> what do you think. >> the only thing i can think of is my association with awesome. we had a law firm together, and awesome has clients that were on a certain watch list, and that's the only thing i can think of. i think they saw in me someone that was fighting the government and winning and they wanted
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to know. what they were going to do where that, i don't know. so i think it also has to do with my background, and my parents are from india. even though i was born in the united states, i am just as american as anyone else, even the people tapping me, but i was just singled out, and it is wrong. it is unfair, and from a policy standpoint it macanese sense. that's what surprises me the most. there are certain procedures. at some mountain you get a warrant, every 90 days apparently they have to renew this. so for 3 1/2 years they are renewing a warrant on an email which i stopped using frankly after a couple of years into that. it was just circumstances i join add law firm.
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>> you got another email. >> mrs. always the argument if you have nothing to hide, does it matter? is. >> my response to that, if that's the criteria we need to throw out the entire h amendment. law enforcement has to have evidence to suspect that you rah committing a crime, under u.s. law, if they don't have the evidence, they serj your apartment anyway, and find something they can't use it. >> should it matter to me, that you, you, any of you were targeted? if after all the government got nothing out of you? >> it should. looking at it historically, not going back too far. it didn't mat tore a lot of people when they were being tapped and in rest respect it was a horrible idea.
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emails so what, what's the big deal, the question and what happened to them, and there are a lot of emails that are private, you are saying things with your friends, private setting, you don't know that you aren't being targeted. the documents we have, just names on there. the fact that nsa is doing this, and what is scary is that they are doing it without much probable cause. so if they are doing it to us, how do you know they are not doing it to you. >> thank you for having me. >> when we return, an innocent man sent to death row, even when prosecutors knew they had evidence that could free him. >> he tried to kill me seven times and each time he tried to kill me i had to prepare myson for whatever -- and my mother, for what the state was trying to do. >> correspondent in our
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continuing hook at crime and punishment, and how prosecutors the get away with it. and later in our program, a new threat, the january peace already devastated nuclear power plant. another powerful storm, and whether anything the japanese have done will help the plant weather it. there's more to financial news than the ups and downs of the dow. for instance, can fracking change what you pay for water each month? have you thought about how climate change can affect your grocery bill? can rare minerals in china affect your cell phone bill? or how a hospital in texas could drive up your healthcare premium? i'll make the connections from the news to your money real.
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crime, so heinous he went to death row for years but he wasn't guilty. and it turns out the property accusation hid evidence that could have helped him. the story of prosecutorial misconduct, and how it nearly led an innocent man to death. i rope jenny craig, oprah winfrey, anybody on the t.v., i was trying to get with them, geraldo all of them. and no one wanted to hear it. what no one wanted to hear is that john thompson was innocent. >> thompson spent 18 years in prison for murder, 14 of them on death row, at the infamous penitentiary in louisiana. before his exoneration in 2003.
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tuesday his organization, in new orleans neighborhood is a hub for exon ows who like thompson, were wrongfully convicted. >> i was on death row. mad because they don't have a life for themselves. that's why i created a voice for all of us, working together to try to make a difference. >> the son of a prominent business executive was shot to death in front of his home. police, acting on a tip, picked up two min including thompson, then a 22-year-old father of two, and admitted drug dealer. >> the only thing i do know, i didn't commit the murder. i didn't have nothing to do with it, people always
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ahow the district attorney from doing this damage. my whole family was destroyed. >> we return to the scene of the crime. >> why are these four coroners important? it is important because of what the state with held for me, what they had that could have established that i wasn't for. >> at trial, the jury never heard about eyewitnesses who described a different man as the killer. or blood evidence that would have exonerated him. nobody else could do. >> a private investigator hired by thompson's attorneys discovered evidence of thompson's innocence deliberately conceal bid the district attorneys office. previously hidden police reports show witnesses at the scene, describing the shooter as six feet tall, with close cropped hair. thompson was 5'8" with an after pro. >> when this investigator
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tells you of this drove, what was your reaction? home. i started feeling the relief, i have been trying to tell these people all these years that i was being framed. and nobody wasn't hearing me. >> he received new trial for the murder, and was acquitted in 35 minutes. once re'sed he sued new orleans attorney, and his office for failure to train prosecutors about their obligation to turn over evidence to the defense. you get to hear what i was against, you get to hear what the arrange poor citizen is against when you are against their power house, what we call the district attorney. you hear how they cafive and lie. >> a jury awarded thompson $14 million. $1 million for every year he had spent on death
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row, but in 2011, the u.s. supreme court overturned that award. ives awarded a kick in the behind by the united states supreme court. told the district attorneys around the world, continue to do the good work. because we are not going to hold you accountable. i don't care how bad i catch y'all hand in the cookie jar. >> neither the new orleans district attorney office, nor harry conic now retired responded to interview requested from america tonight. the prosecutor who hid the evidence died in 1994. it is hardly an isolated example of prosecutor misconduct. last month officials announce add $40 million settlement, if long standing haw suit by five men wrongfully convicted for the brutal 1989
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beating and rape of a female jogger, in central park. admits accusations the prosecution co hearsed the men into false confessions. dan alonso argues that most may by the book. >> i want to make cheer, that we are talking about an infinitely small percentage of cases in the system. obviously, any kind of intentional misconduct, particularly with holding evidence, is competely unacceptable. but it is a vanishingly small number. he still believes prosecutors need to be protected. >> the person on the other side, jones, is really unhappy of p that they are being prosecuted with they are guilty or innocent, whether it's an
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egregious crime, or less serious, they don't want to be there, and so skew can't have a society where the prosecuteser worries that if she loses the case. a civil lawsuit, so it is a long standing doctrine from common law, and the supreme court has applied it to the federal civil rights laws are prosecutors have absolutely immunity for acts done in the course of prosecuting. the, tent of the deception still shocks gary clements. >> a district attorney fully knew that he was putting an innocent man on trial, went through the they are raid, which was not aser raid in the sense. he had that man convict bade jury of 12, who didn't have all of the information. i have cases on going,
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where the evidence is either been hidden or changes or it has been misrepresented to the point where what was actually told to the jury at trial, did not reflect the truth. of the fact of the crime. is it true hi about convictions. >> it is a -- my personal belief, it is a cowboy mentality. and those people turn around and say look what i did to make life better for you, i solved crimes. i am tough on crime, and i am not here to coddle criminals. thompson continues to channel his energy. including hosting this at his nonprofit. >>
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he says he wants accountability. >> if they are their power to kill us, we should have the power to say if you do something wrong, we are not going to get away with it. and right now, the united states supreme court said they can't do nothing wrong. anything they do they can get away with it. that is the united states supreme court opinion, it shouldn't be ours. >> how far does this go? is it just lose san that. >> absolutely not. this is all across the country, so there is an internal affairs office at the department of justice what we know is there's been 48 substantiated allegations of misleading the court, you have 13 violations of constitutional or civil rights. as well as 29 failures to provide evidence that can help the defense.
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s in at the federal level. >> this man, he is remark national that he says look, i could be bitter but i am not, now he wants to help others. >> this is an interesting man. i don't know what it would be like to be on death row. mow you mad to prepare yourself for this, going to the execution chair seven times. here he is, he says-i could have been bitter but what good would that do me. he lost out on 14 million dollars that was owed to him, and as we heard the supreme court denied him of that, but he still found a way to make a difference, he said if i wasn't doing this, what would by doing. >> and how would it have changed him to have that 14 million dollars. what does he do with other people? >> you are talking 14, 15, 20 years what do you do.
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there are things oit in set you have never seen before, neighborhoods are no longer the same, where do you get money, eat, at his nonprofit, he also has a home there for people that are getting out. he also worke worked with h in the neighborhood to keep them out of trouble, so he is really active believes in what he is doing. >> america tonight, thank you so much. >> wrongfully convicted because of misconduct. me profiles to new york men who are still trying to clear their names fraught with ahedged police and prosecutorial misconduct. you can see the system, friday night at 9:00 eastern. after the break, a new super storm, and new questions can an ice wall hold back another disaster? p
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the new york times report as chinese cyber attack on the office of personnel management. that the hackers were hooking nor data on employees who applied for security clearances many p french par him is set to vote on new legal program terrorist organizations for online surveillance in the coming days. since israel began it's latest campaign, of strikes in gaza, the death toll has continued to chime, with thousands of troops still poised ahonk the border. hamas fighters launched more than 400 rockets into israel, injurying two israeli soldiers more than 600 have been injured hospitals now are struggling to keep up. at least 89 palestinians
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are known to have died in the attacks including at least 21 children, and with the strikes escalating overnight, it is fear that the numbers will rise. as the sung went down, the bombing rose, as it does, every evening for the past three nights. the israelis like to bomb during the iftar fast breaking period that's after 8:00 local time, then there tends to be a lull, and then again, around 2:00 to 3:00 a.m., there is a series of explosions here. because warfare is part psychological, part kin neck tick, and that has an effect on people here that are celebrating the holiday. as this is all happening the border crossing egypt has opened up for the first time in a very long time, and that was good news to the people of gaza, however, very few of them got over that boarder and that's
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because it was open only for people who are injured and only those who had either a visa, dual citizen ship, or residency elsewhere. the big concern is this ground wall airwarwing the that has people very concerned that the reservingists called up, mean business. and that they are about to invade. we have heard benjamin from israel warn that there would be further operations. the palestinian leader says he believed a ground war could happen within hours. this is all happened as a family in a town called conuis was killed on tuesday night.
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yet there was another family killed tonight. so people are very upset about these attacks on homes that have killed women, and children. they are mostly afraid right now that the air war will lead the a ground war. now in japan, hit by torrential rains from a weakened but still powerful typhoon that killed at least two people on thursday. the storm and it's after math are again raising concerns about the safety of japan's nuclear industry. america tonight now reports on what it means for current efforts to clean up the mess, at the nuclear plant. >> typhoon made land fall in western japan on thursday. bringing torrential rains massive flooding, and a series of landslides. the massive storm system produced the kind of rainfall the island nation hasn't seen in 50 years. and is now been blamed for at least seven deaths across the country.
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but as the storm turns north, this fears of greater danger. the huge volume of rain could further bedevil the clean up from japan's most notorious power plant. when i travel to fukushima last year, the owner of the plant, has just admitted that 400 tons of ground water was being contaminated daily, as it knows through melted radio active fuel and the reactors. the temporary fix was to build thousands of tampings. >> what is the long term strategy for dealing with this. >> one of our aims is to reduce the source. >> it plans to build a massive ice wall around the plant, to freeze the soil, and prevent the
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ground water from ever coming into contact with the radio active fuel. >> the ice wall itself has been tested and in those cases we have seen that the ground itself does freeze. so i think it will go well. >> tepko begins to breeze the ground next mar. but as work gets underway, serious questions have been raised. and never on this scale. two months ago, a smaller exhale version of the ice wall was deployed in a tunnel between reactors 2 and 3. to halt the flow of contaminated water. but the water has yet to freeze, and it plans to reassess its plans.
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if the ice wall fails, not only will tepko have wasted half a billion dollars, it may be forced to take a step that many consider unthinkable. >> will you have to dump some water into the pacific? >> we are doing initial testing of a multiple radiation filtering system, called alps. our policy is to decontaminate the watt tore a harm less level, in order to reduce the risk it poses. david beliefs the release of some water is inevitable. they will do it, they have to do it, because there's no way they cannot do it. >> but a radiation expert i spoke with worries act what would happen if tepko fails to filter out more dangerous forms of radiation. >>
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rate is the lowest it has ever been, but that still leaves more than 5 million americans without any health insurance. the coverage gap is especially pronounced in the 24 states that did not expand medicaid. an optional provision. fault lines correspondent traveled to two states with large numbers of uninsured residents and examed the high costs of low access. here in north carolina, citizens have correspondented into a growing movement. it is time for our leadership to put down their swords, and do what is right. medicaid expansion is at the forefront. >> when medicaid was denied here, some people
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hear that as stopping those that don't deserve i.e. our movement is exposing and that say when you have 5,000 -- 600,000 children, you heard black people, you are hurting poor people, you are hurting republicans and democrats you are hurting everybody. >> yeah. >> we open up under that free. >> it is lobby day, and people impacted by a lack of healthcare access, are meeting with their representatives. >> thousands of signatures of people who want medicaid, in north carolina. the speaker's office, he is the speaker of the house here, in is state he also one of the main opponents to allowing medicaid money to come in. >> over 30,000 petitions. >> there's more. >> a majority of state legislatures, oppose expanding medicaid. >> we are here to discuss
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the medicaid expansion. leaving an estimated $2 billion a year untapped. >> it doesn't make sense to me that we could be covering 500,000 more people that they could get healthcare, and that we would refuse it. >> during the meeting senator hunt listened. >> but did not respond to their concerns. there's no single policy that the state can pass that would have a greater impact on aheaveuating poverty. we know it would save hives and put so many more people on financially secure footing. for republicans in this state, and now most recently we have a republican governor, so it is difficult for them running and really safe conservative districts. to support medicaid expansion, and then they get painted as a supporter of president obama, as a supporter of the affordable care act.
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>> north carolina and the other states that have rejected expansion, could reverse their decisions and accept the federal funds at any time. the moral monday movement has rallied thousands of people, and engaged in public acts of civil disobedient. >> come to read a letter the governor, there's about a dozen or more that said they will be arrested the if that's what it takes. >> do you hear us. i dedicate to this my mom, a life honk health access advocate who passed away from cancer at just 53 last june. due to a gap in health insurance coverage, through which she could have found the cancer earlier, i dedicate to all people in our state and this nation who are
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in that predicament. >> officers here -- >> the capitol has closed down now. >> the misare started to move people out, they are starting to move the media out. but there are a dozen or so protestors that will stay until they talk to the governor or they will be arrested. those who stayed behind, were arrested, the governor never responded to their letter. like in north carolina. texas heeders have also rejected. we travel there had to see what it means for the state, with the highest rate of uninsured. >> texas was among the first states to say no. today i stand with congressman burgess to
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repeat our stance. texas will not be participating in medicaid expansion. >> would you consider expanding a broken system? of course not. it is hike a drug dealer, and then they are hooked for years and years. is then her hooked. >> on the gulf coast, 22% of the population lives behe the poverty line, well above the national average. some people lost everything they had, and never fully recovered. >> it took this neighborhood which was historic hi a very poor neighborhood, to really exacerbated all the problems it had to deal with. making the job that much more that difficult and that much more important.
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it is states that don't extend medicaid, this 5 million people that don't qualify. turn to the left. >> and aren't ejill i believe for a reduced plan, creating a phenomenon referred to as the coverage gap. >> tonight is dr. beach, and a couple of dermatologieses. >> kathy owen who has chronic pain, and a history of colon cancer falls into that gap. >> mow are you doing? >> i am half way there. that's becoming very obvious, that i'm in -- trouble as you know. >> how long do you think it will be before you can get the colonoscopy?
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>> another month. took me a month to get half way, so my guess. but kate and i are on the verge of losing our home, so i am just -- i am pedaling as fast asky right now. but other than that, it's the neuroby. but i am sorry because of your situation, you won't be getting this surgery, or this chemotherapy. >> after her opponent, she told us that her poor health stopped her from working full time. >> i have neuroby, which is a junk term for nerve damage. that had gotten really
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bad, in the last couple of years. kind of like walking on an ant bed, that someone else set on fire, all the time. 24/7. >> i could have test run that i needed to. so $8,000 stands between me and maybe another 20 years of my high if i have colon cancer. but i find myself now at 53 with grown kids, and serious need of help. hard to ask for, but i absolutely necessary. with some of the most restricting in the country, it has been hard for poor texans to get healthcare coverage. >> as an adult, he doesn't qualify for
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medicaid. he gets some of his medicine here, where volunteered doctors and med students provide a small selection of donated medications. >> i have something called partial complex seizures. it means it is not convulsive,ky slur my words, i can walk like i am intoxicated, just imagine have you ever woken up and you got out of bed too quick, okay, that's how i feel about half the time. and it just beats my body down. >> because of the seizure disorder he told us he can't find full time work. >> i do a lot of construction work. if go to a regular company they won't hire me, seizures. they do not -- a pant h not hire me. what i can do is just get day labor work, orally get a paint job, or remodeling job. >> so you can't get enough work to maintain rent. >> correct.
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>> i am homeless now. i just want to see a neurology, i can't afford it. there is no safety net. it is a free for all. and nobody is there on the bottom to catch you. >> fault hines correspondent rejoins us here, josh, you know, this is awfully confusing thing for anyone to understand how it could be that obama-care is supposed to provide coverage and yet it is not to the poorest. >> to the poorest, and it is hard to understand. i think that's why more people aren't more vocally upset about it. when i first got this story, figures out what is happening here, the affordable care act, it subsidizes private plans that make down to a certain level, about 120%, and then beneath that, there's medicaid expansion, paid for by the federal government for the first three years and then scaling down to the states would pay 10%. >> but then the states refused. >> the supreme court came
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out with this weird kind of split decision that said in part of the obama-care is constitutional, but you can't force states to accept the medicaid expansion. and all the republican led states refused the expansion. what may stopped is federal dollars to coming to their state to help the poorest citizens have access to healthcare. >> but it isn't p just the poor that suffer. >> absolutely not. those are dollars that texas januaries paid and they won't get them coming back. meanwhile, texas has over 1 billion-dollars in uncompensated year, in it's hospitals when people don't have healthcare, they have to use the emergency room for their health care, they can't pay those bills. so those uncompensated care bills go out and in the form of property taxes. so if you own a home, one you aren't getting your income back, but two you are paying greater property tax to help keep
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the hospital open, and if you don't, this enthe o. will close. more on this very complex story, thank you very much ever for being here, you can see all of the investigation on the coverage gap, this saturday on fault lines at 7:00 eastern. ahead on our program, it is taller than the statute of liberty, and it is all downhill. and our final segment, will takes the plunge down the word's tallest water slide.
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>> this, is what we do. >> al jazeera america.
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look at this crazy thing. it is higher than the statute of liberty, and that's just the start of the world's tallest walter slide. you have the listen to a two page list that is part warning part disclaimer. one warning this ride can lead to death. may call it insane, and it is quickly making a big splash in kansas can city kansas. >> the name of this is -- it means insane the german. then after the sandbags are done, and we now how ever weight effects the slide, we send people down. we have a set of test riders that go down. and then we start to test with our own operations. and we do quite a bit of testing including just to make sure we know all the forces that are acting on
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the guests. if you are afraid of heights this is not your water slide. when it tilts down, all of a sudden you are facing down. it feels like you are actually in a free fall. the april does not look like that steep, but it actually is, it feels like a total free fall. when you are going down, it is over so quick. that's when your mind starting freaking out going oh my gosh, i am on a water slide. it is an amazing experience, it overloads your senses. >> are you kidding me? that looks like an extremely crazy idea, the water shied has just opened today. the designser already at work on the next even bigger one. that's america tonight, this weekend on our program, can bass confusion in the state of
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washington, the state did legalize recreational marijuana, but the feds continue to prosecute. how one family caught in the middle could end up losing everything.,/america tonight. and you can join the conversation with us on twitter or at our facebook page, good night, we will see you next time on america tonight. >>
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